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Weird to Exist: Simple Comics About Complex Emotions

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A collection of vibrantly colored yet darkly humorous comics for commiserating over the absurdity of existence “Simultaneously hilarious and insightful, Alison Zai’s comics will definitely make you laugh and perhaps send you into an existential crisis—all with irresistible, colorful artwork.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Scribbles We’ve all fe A collection of vibrantly colored yet darkly humorous comics for commiserating over the absurdity of existence “Simultaneously hilarious and insightful, Alison Zai’s comics will definitely make you laugh and perhaps send you into an existential crisis—all with irresistible, colorful artwork.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Scribbles We’ve all felt the pain that comes from realizing a beautiful moment will soon become a distant memory. We’re all guilty of avoiding deadlines by researching obscure facts about dirt or binging scary conspiracy videos. Inspired by these universal experiences and existential musings, Alison Zai walks the line between laughing so hard that you burst into tears and crying so hard that you break into laughter. Weird to Exist is divided into three intrinsic human acts—to exist, to love, to create­—and ultimately touches on how weird it is to do all of that. Also included is Zai’s popular long-form comic Bee Real, which follows one little irritable bee’s enlightening mission to extinguish the sun. With sharp levity and emotional complexity, this colorful collection finds the fun in life’s hard truths.


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A collection of vibrantly colored yet darkly humorous comics for commiserating over the absurdity of existence “Simultaneously hilarious and insightful, Alison Zai’s comics will definitely make you laugh and perhaps send you into an existential crisis—all with irresistible, colorful artwork.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Scribbles We’ve all fe A collection of vibrantly colored yet darkly humorous comics for commiserating over the absurdity of existence “Simultaneously hilarious and insightful, Alison Zai’s comics will definitely make you laugh and perhaps send you into an existential crisis—all with irresistible, colorful artwork.”—Sarah Andersen, New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Scribbles We’ve all felt the pain that comes from realizing a beautiful moment will soon become a distant memory. We’re all guilty of avoiding deadlines by researching obscure facts about dirt or binging scary conspiracy videos. Inspired by these universal experiences and existential musings, Alison Zai walks the line between laughing so hard that you burst into tears and crying so hard that you break into laughter. Weird to Exist is divided into three intrinsic human acts—to exist, to love, to create­—and ultimately touches on how weird it is to do all of that. Also included is Zai’s popular long-form comic Bee Real, which follows one little irritable bee’s enlightening mission to extinguish the sun. With sharp levity and emotional complexity, this colorful collection finds the fun in life’s hard truths.

30 review for Weird to Exist: Simple Comics About Complex Emotions

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sav

    ”Isn’t it profound, how such a brief experience can be so special?” This is such a lovely little book with brightly colored illustrations ranging from simple humorous bits to striking commentary on the absurdity of life. I definitely enjoyed these comics. And “Bee Real” was so lovely!! oh the unexpected places in which we may find love…

  2. 4 out of 5

    Isa Lavinia

    I follow Zai on tumblr and have always been a fan of her comics. This was a really nice collection, a bit overwhelmingly sad when consumed all at once, because it deals with depression a lot, but very good. As to the book as an object it's really cute and I know this is a weird thing to say but it smells so nice lol. I follow Zai on tumblr and have always been a fan of her comics. This was a really nice collection, a bit overwhelmingly sad when consumed all at once, because it deals with depression a lot, but very good. As to the book as an object it's really cute and I know this is a weird thing to say but it smells so nice lol.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    Superb, a lesson in primary colours, brevity of wit and a literal embodiment of the 🥲 emoji.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    “Weird” is right but the author portrays complicated emotions in an interesting fashion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    There are tons of web comics out there. Oodles and oodles of them. My fiancé loves them and tends to send me a ‘Best Of’ sort of email digests, so I suppose I’m used to seeing the best of them, though I’ve seen a fair variety. This one is more along the lines of thoroughly average. I’ve no idea how the publishing business selects which ones to make into a book. From what I’ve read the standard seems to be cutesy, quirky but not over the top, not too clever, funny but not too funny. Something tha There are tons of web comics out there. Oodles and oodles of them. My fiancé loves them and tends to send me a ‘Best Of’ sort of email digests, so I suppose I’m used to seeing the best of them, though I’ve seen a fair variety. This one is more along the lines of thoroughly average. I’ve no idea how the publishing business selects which ones to make into a book. From what I’ve read the standard seems to be cutesy, quirky but not over the top, not too clever, funny but not too funny. Something that resonates with an average millennial, who likes political correctness, their precious Mr. Rodgers-approval-stamped individuality, emotions…and more emotions. Oh, and talking about those emotions. Is it weird to exist? F yeah. Does there need to exist a book of cartoons about it? Well, presumably so, so that others can relate to the weirdness of existence. I mean, sure, whatever, it’s cute, brightly colored, goes by very quickly, you might get a laugh or two out of it. re there tons of stronger, smarter comic out there on the web no one’s done into a book yet? You bet. See if you can find them. This and more at https://advancetheplot.weebly.com/

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    4.5 stars rounded up! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title through a Goodreads giveaway Mostly unrelated comics (i.e., not a story comic) that touch on mental health, relationships, and bees. I enjoyed reading this collection and even shared a few with friends! I look forward to more of this artist's work. 4.5 stars rounded up! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title through a Goodreads giveaway Mostly unrelated comics (i.e., not a story comic) that touch on mental health, relationships, and bees. I enjoyed reading this collection and even shared a few with friends! I look forward to more of this artist's work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    kristin

    Lovely. 🧡

  8. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    It was a quick read with some interesting opinions, but nothing I would want to hang onto or re-read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    Very, very relatable.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tiago Monfardini

    rindo e chorando ao mesmo tempo 🙂

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    Super cute art. Some felt like I had seen the concept before elsewhere, but it was still a unique art style.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Delightful in many ways.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Glenys Lontok

    Such beautifully hilarious portrayals of human emotions. So relatable to the point of poignancy but also equally humorous. Uniquely endearing drawings made me smile throughout the reading experience.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia MacKenzie

    2.75

  15. 4 out of 5

    leigh

    brb dissociating

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    It is, indeed, weird to exist

  17. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    I found this more depressing than profound. Read more like the journal your therapist asks you to keep than insight into the human condition. It just didn't resonate with me. I found this more depressing than profound. Read more like the journal your therapist asks you to keep than insight into the human condition. It just didn't resonate with me.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lulu Bdru

  19. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

  21. 5 out of 5

    Saba Gozli

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Thuston

  23. 4 out of 5

    Francisco Huerta

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Watson

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jazzy Calixto

  27. 5 out of 5

    Phanicha U.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Delgadillo

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